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Public Voices Opinions at Hearing on Proposed Cell Tower in Crozet

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People from both sides of the issue spoke out at the hearing People from both sides of the issue spoke out at the hearing
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A controversial proposed 145-foot tall cell tower in part of Albemarle County was back in the spotlight at the board of supervisors meeting.

Lots of input from the public caused the board to alter the resolution.

On Wednesday, September 12, dozens of people showed up to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting to express concerns over the proposed cell tower at Western Albemarle High School in Crozet.

Members changed the proposal for a 145-foot tower to a 100-foot tower.

School staff say if the cell tower is built, it could give 400 students free broadband.

People who spoke during public comment expressed opinions both for and against the proposed cell phone tower.

"This treats me as an expendable value, as a cost to this tower,” Thomas Jackson, who lives in Crozet, said. “And while I do not disagree with the benefit that it has for students in terms of access, I refuse to be treated as expendable."

"I'm coming to you saying that this tower will help parents be able to communicate with their children at school, especially in an emergency or safety situation,” Matthew Wallace, who lives in Crozet, said.

Both the county's planning commission as well as the Board of Architectural Review already refused to recommend the approval of the tower.

The board of supervisors says it will discuss the cell tower further at its next meeting on October 3.